The plan to offer diesel powered X-TRAILs follows strong customer enquiry since the launch of the award-winning new X-TRAIL in October last year.
Two turbo diesel engines will be offered, a refined base engine producing 110 kW (320Nm) and matched to a new six-speed automatic, while the high-performance 127kW (360Nm) diesel is matched to a six-speed manual transmission.
Known internally as M1D, the basis for both diesels is a common rail direct injection turbocharged 2.0-litre, 16-valve four-cylinder unit. The engines, which displace 1995cc, have been jointly developed with Alliance partner Renault.
Both engines offer prodigious levels of engine torque from a low 2000rpm while 90% of peak torque is available from 1750rpm.
Apart from offering impressive performance, these sophisticated new diesels are remarkably fuel efficient with combined consumption figures of 7.4L/100km for the 127kW manual and 8.1L/100km for the 110kW automatic.
The new diesel X-TRAIL will be available in two new specification grades, with the new entry-level designated ‘TS’ – based on the ST-L petrol X-TRAIL - and the premium version designated ‘TL’ – based on the Ti petrol X-TRAIL.
The TS is packed with features including a full complement of safety features including front, side and curtain airbags, stability control (ESP), ABS brakes, seat-belt pretensioners and Nissan’s intelligent ALL MODE 4x4-i system which incorporates Uphill Start Support (USS) and Downhill Drive Support (DDS).
Other standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, cruise control, a six-stack CD player, front fog lights and chrome door handles.
The top of the range diesel TL model adds power operated heated leather seats, climate control air-conditioning and a panoramic sunroof.
Pricing for the feature packed TS models is from $36,990* for the manual and $38,990* for the six-speed automatic. The premium TL X-TRAIL diesel is priced from $39,990* and $41,990* respectively for the manual and automatic equipped variants.
Nissan’s managing director and CEO, Dan Thompson, said the new diesel has all the attributes to enhance the reputation of the X-TRAIL as a class-leader in its segment.
“The new diesel engines offer impressive performance in both manual and automatic configurations and reinforces the X-TRAIL’s position as an extremely capable compact SUV,” said Mr Thompson.
“The X-TRAIL diesel will be the first volume selling model in the compact SUV segment and we are pleased to be able to respond so quickly to such strong customer demand for this model.”
*All prices quoted are recommended retail pricing and do not include, metallic paint, dealer delivery and on-road costs.
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